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Good News for April 21st

Happy Easter! Alleluia - He is Risen! We celebrate Easter not just one day but for seven weeks! This weekend (the 2nd Week of Easter) is called Divine Mercy Sunday (established by Saint Pope John Paul II). We will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Saturday at 4:30 pm and have a Divine Mercy Holy Hour on Sunday from 9 am to 10 am. Join us! Pray with Chaplet with Father Chris.

Father Chris' sermon series is available if you want to share the sermons on VICTORY IN JESUS!


NEED INFORMATION ON COVID TESTING AND COVID VACCINES? Please note that vaccines are no longer offered every Friday. Vaccines will be offered on April 29th!


The group that was sponsoring the Life in the Spirit series has decided to re-schedule the sessions for later in the summer after they have more time to advertise and plan. Please spread the word to anyone you know who was planning to attend.

As a community of faith, we hold each other in prayer each day...

  • FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK: Msgr. O'Brien (who fell and hurt his knees), Deacon Bill, Hazel Scott, Patricia Laughlin, Carol Kollmer, Bonnie Wynn Morris, Dolores Mason, Ernestine McCullough, Ed Sharkinow, for victims of recent shootings in our neighborhood; and all who are sick with COVID or struggling with mental illness

  • FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING: For Vernita & Earl LaRue who mourn the death of her grandson and his nephew - Steve Greene; for the family of Carol Gnoza our former parish secretary; for those grieving a loved one who died in recent days, and those who lost someone to the violence in our City. Lord, heaven mercy on those who have died!

  • FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: for peace in Ukraine, for young families who are without a Church Home; for the people of Ethiopia; for parents who are dealing with troubled children of all ages!

  • On Saturday, April 23rd St. Raymond will celebrate Earth Day by "taking a walk in the park" in Wissahickon Valley. We will meet for 8 am Mass at St. Raymond then carpool to the park where our own Sean Bradley will guide us in appreciating God's creation in some new way. Please let us know you are joining us by emailing

  • On April 24th there will be a Mass for Persons with Disabilities at the Cathedral at 2:30 pm. Join Archbishop Perez in affirming the dignity of every human life!

  • In recent times many people publicly reject the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality. Father Phil Bochanski, a classmate of Fr. Chris, writes an Open Letter to the Bishops

  • Have you heard about the new movie out called Father Stu? It is based on a real priest who served in Montana. Check it out!

  • Father Chris invited the MEN OF THE PARISH to join him to watch the Phillies beat the Giants on Wednesday, June 1st. The game is 6:05 pm in South Philly. Interested in joining him? Send your name and number of tickets needed to

  • On May 7th at 5:15 pm, Archbishop Perez will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral for couples celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, or 50th Wedding Anniversary. Register at or call 215-587-0500.

  • Have Left Overs? Don’t toss them out! Why not package them for Caring for Friends? We are in constant need of a variety of meals for ailing seniors. The one meal that you discard can be a meal for an ailing senior living alone. Containers are located in the Sacristy. Frozen meals can be dropped off at the Rectory between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. For more info, contact Arleen at 215-549-3760.

  • On Sunday, May 15th at 3 pm there will be a Concert for Racial Healing at our Cathedral. It will feature choirs from various ethnic communities and a message from Archbishop Perez. Mark your calendar!

  • Check out CatholicPhilly. You can sign up to receive a weekly email from them as well. Stay informed!

  • The Office of Black Catholics Spring Newsletter is available here:

OBC Newsletter-Spring-2022
Download PDF • 6.57MB

Deb Gawthrop will host an IN-PERSON Grief Support Group at St. Luke Chapel House (2330 Fairhill Road, Glenside. The series has been a blessing for many people from St. Raymond. Call 215-624-8190 to save your place. Topics are: Physical Symptoms of Grief (April 26); Grief & Family (May 10); Myths about Grief (May 24) & Does Grief End? (June 7). Invite a friend!

Join fellow Christians from Our Lady Help of Christians (Abington) and Immaculate Conception (Jenkintown) for this wonderful opportunity to meet others and build community!

Please consider attending this event. Father Chris is willing to "sponsor" your family to attend this day and represent Saint Raymond. Reach out to him at

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